May 22nd, 2008

Leyland on pace of game

Here’s the story on MLB’s effort to speed up games. Here’s some of Leyland’s reaction:

“You
know what? It’s a no-win situation when you talk about it. I don’t like it.
I’ve always said, and you can quote me on this, that to me, a baseball game is
like a movie. If it’s a good movie, you stay. If it’s a bad movie, you leave.”

“I
don’t like it. They want me to run to the mound. I smoke three packs a
day. They want me to run on and off the mound.”

“You
can’t fight City Hall. But you know what, then? When the pitcher goes out
between innings and throws his eight [warmup] pitches, forget the two minutes
and all that when you’re waiting for the television [commercial break] and start the game,
if you want to know the truth. But obviously they pay the bills, so you
can’t fight City Hall. TV’s going to pay the bills, and I understand that, so
I’m not looking for trouble. But if you really talking about it, it’s a lot of [garbage]. That’s what I think. I don’t think the fans really give a [care]. If
the Tigers win today, they don’t give a [care] how long they stay here. If the
Tigers lose, they’re going to leave early or be ticked off when they leave. That’s
as simple as it is. If we get behind 10-1 in the sixth inning, I imagine this
place will clear out a little bit. If we’re ahead 10-1, some of them might go.”

If
I have Todd Jones coming in out of the bullpen, we’re going to have to get a
golf cart.”

“Don’t
get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for the commissioner. I like him. He’s
a friend of mine, and I know he’s doing what he thinks is best for the game. But
at the same time, I don’t have to agree with it. I’m going to throw over to
first base. If I think a guy’s stealing, I’m going to mess with him. Well, that
takes time. Sometimes you’ll see the umpire and fans [react], but my job is to
try to win the game. I’m not on a time scale. We don’t have a clock, like football
and basketball. I’m out here to try to win the game. That’s as simple as it
is. Every once in a while, all managers get a guy up [when] a guy gets in a
little trouble real quick and you have to get a guy going, so you might send
Pudge out to talk to him. There’s no secret about that. Or I might walk out once
real slow to give him extra time and come back. That’s all part of the strategy
of the game, and I think they’re taking away from that when they do that. I
don’t think it’s good.”

Thursday: M's at Tigers

Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez is in the ballpark today. He paid a visit to Jim Leyland, who warned him that he’s a Notre Dame fan before they had a nice conversation.

You’ll also read later today that Leyland’s not a big fan of MLB’s new efforts to pick up the pace of the game. In fact, he had a pretty big rant on it. I’ll try to give the highlights.

Lineups …

TIGERS

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Guillen, 3B
  7. Joyce, LF
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Inge, C

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro, CF
  2. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  3. Jose Lopez, 2B
  4. Raul Ibanez, DH
  5. Richie Sexson, 1B
  6. Jeremy Reed, LF
  7. Kenji Johjima, C
  8. Wladimir Balentien, RF
  9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

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